Fontainebleau State Park

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Northshore Area

62883 Hwy. 1089
Mandeville, LA 70448
United States

Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation:
Site is open daily

Gate Opening Times:
Sunday through Thursday

  • open at 6 a.m.
  • close at 10 p.m.

Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.

  • open at 6 a.m.
  • close at 10 p.m.

Entrance Station Hours:
Sunday through Thursday

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.

  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission/Entrance Fees

$3 per person

Free for seniors (62 & older)

Free for children (3 & under)

The crumbling brick ruins of a sugar mill built in 1829 by Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville, founder of the nearby town of Mandeville, suggest an interesting history for this site, and indeed there is. The wealthy Marigny developed this area across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans as a sugar plantation until 1852. The plantation income helped support his lavish lifestyle. He named his large land holding Fontainebleau after the beautiful forest near Paris, a favorite recreation area of the French kings.

The 2,800-acre park is located on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. On a clear day, visitors can see the lake dotted with multi-colored sailboats of all sizes and types. The sandy beach also is a delight for sunbathers. An old railroad track that runs through the park has been converted into the Tammany Trace as a part of the Rails to Trails program. It is a wonderful route for cycling, hiking and in-line skating. After a full day of activities, overnight guests can enjoy the rustic charm of the campground or the scenic setting of the lakefront cabins.

The park's nature trail is a favorite of nature lovers. Interpretive signs along the trail will help you identify many of the common trees and shrubs. Always be on the lookout for birds and other animals, as over 400 different species live in and around Fontainebleau. Bordered on three sides by water – Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou Cane and Bayou Castine – and characterized by a convergence of diverse ecosystems, it has a multitude of habitats for birds.

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Sunset views at Fontainebleau State Park
Sunset views at Fontainebleau State Park
Strolling the beach at Fontainebleau State Park
Strolling the beach at Fontainebleau State Park
Fontainebleau State Park
The Tammany Trace runs through the park, for plenty of walking and cycling
Fontainebleau State Park cabins
Fontainebleau State Park cabins


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10 Glamping Tents Brought to You by Tentrr

7 Single Tents

1 Group of  3 Single Tents for family & friends  

A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.
(Campground area map) ('Old' campground / unimproved area map)  

23 Premium Campsites

$33/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$30/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar

19 pull-through sites, one with sewerage hookup and 4 campsites with sewerage hookups, all with water and electrical hookup.
103 Improved Campsites

$28/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$20/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar

Improved campsites have water and electrical hookups.
37 Unimproved Campsites

$18/night plus tax

Unimproved sites have no hookups.
Primitive group camping area (2 sites)

For Scouts and organized groups: $35 per night for 25-person site, $60 per night for 50-person site.

America the Beautiful Senior and Access Passes

Available through the National Park Service.

Holders of the Passes, whose state of residence also honors the America the Beautiful pass, are entitled to a 50% reduction on camping fees at Louisiana State Parks. (Passport holders are allowed one site per passport).


Reservable Facilities
A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.

Cabins/Lodges/Group Camp: Basic cookware, cooking utensils, dinnerware, silverware, towels and linens are provided. Bring your own food and personal supplies; group camp visitors will also need to bring their own dishes, silverware, towels and linens. (Cabins area map)

Deluxe Cabins

$150/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs
$175/night plus tax, Fri-Sat

12 available, 3 are ADA compliant; sleeps up to 8 people with 1 double bed, 2 bunk beds and 1 queen sofa sleeper.
Standard Lodge

$155/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs
$210/night plus tax, Fri-Sat

Sleeps up to 10 people with 2 double beds and 3 bunk beds
Group Camp I

$600/night plus tax

Includes dining hall/kitchen and 2 dormitories, sleeping up to 100 people.
Group Camp III

$300/night plus tax

Includes dining hall/kitchen and 2 dormitories, sleeping up to 65 people


Maximum Occupancy of 100 people. *Unit is equipped with grills/fire rings.
Meeting Room

$160/day plus tax

Capacity is 50 people for both Conference and Theater set-ups
Other Rates
Use of Personal Golf Carts on State Park Property

$10/cart per day

$100 annual permit available.

Proof of cart insurance required; must be operated by a licensed driver.


  • 4.8-mile hiking trail
  • 1-1/4 mile nature trail

Water Playground

Louisiana State Parks' water playgrounds operate Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; the facilities will be closed on Mondays for cleaning and maintenance. Please contact the park directly, to confirm that the playground is open or for additional information.


A Birder's Guide to Louisiana gives directions to over 100 areas for birding throughout the state, includes maps, Louisiana specialties, and contains beautiful photography and checklists of Louisiana birds and other wildlife. The Guide was produced through a partnership between the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area and the American Birding Association.

Reports on Enslaved Peoples at Fontainebleau

One of two historic markers at the park note the place where slave cabins once stood on the grounds of the former plantation and the other is in memory of the Native Americans who lived in the area prior to European settlement.

Reports on each of the peoples, researched by Jackson Cantrell, a member of BSA Scout Troop 119, Istrouma Area Council, can be found at the below links, or at the park's Visitor Center.

Enslaved People of Fontainebleau

Native People of Fontainebleau